On Saturday, June 4, 2011 at the Byham Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh, heart transplant surgery and contemporary ballet commingled in a dance performance of Bodiography: Heart (Function vs. Emotion). This artistic work was inspired by and dedicated to patients with pulmonary hypertension and advanced heart disease. The performance showcased and included professional dancers as well as heart surgery patients and physicians.
While developing this original ballet, Bodiography Artistic Director and Choreographer, Maria Caruso, shadowed physicians and surgeons of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at UPMC as they cared for patients undergoing heart and lung transplantation. “I was inspired to create this performance after talking with patients who suffered from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and women with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). I hope the ballet raises awareness of these conditions,” she explains.